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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    He is a kind of white wrestler from the former Soviet Block (even though he was born after the USSR collapsed, before another academic points that out). I used the Eastern European concept - not entirely inaccurate - to refer to both ideas. I am deeply sorry if I offended our stand-by Scholars. But that is a good reminder of why not to post. From the Wikipedia: "Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental landlocked country located mainly in Central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe. [bold is mine]" Yes, it is a tiny part, but it is there.
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    When I think of these Eastern European rikishi, the first image that pops into my mind is that of a tall, strong and rather technically-challenged type of lad, not to say clumsy. I haven't seen all his of bouts yet, but Kinbozan clearly doesn't fit this description. His college pedigree most likely plays a role here, because his balance is quite good as well as his composure. He seems to know where to target his attacks and how to time them accordingly. I look forward to seeing him in Juryo.
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    Trivia bits

    Asanowaka will eventually leave this list. I am less confident about Dairaido though.
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    New Juryo for Nagoya 2022

    You beat me to it. Kotokuni had a pair of nice 9-6 records before crumbling. I actually don't expect much more from Chiyosakae, but then again I'd never expected him to get there in the first place. Anyway it was enjoyable to watch him even flirt with a double-digit score after starting 1-3.
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    Nagoya 2022

    He isn't that small, though I agree that a couple of inches more would do no harm. I tend to see him as a Musoyama without A/C, Navigation and all the fancy stuff they add to cars these days. He is the basic version, but it is a good version.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Due the COVID thing, this Basho is starting to feel more and more like one of those Charles Bronson movies that end for the lack of characters. The last one standing wins it all. Hokuseiho's tachiai is so slow that whenever I watch his bouts, I kind of expect it to be called a "matta". He looks like a talented tennis player lacking a decent serve. As I am not the only one noticing this, it is fair to assume that he must have been working on that for quite some time now. Yet, he has nothing to show for it. Please, don't speak ill of Shimanoumi. He has the thickest and by far the best hair in the whole Ozumo. On a more serious note, though, he is or at least used to be a good all-rounder, with a good technique on and off the belt coupled with good speed and overall solid balance. This time, however, he looks very weak as most of his losses are coming via power techniques. He even gets into some good positions, but is easily outmuscled. He looks spent and there must be some kind of underlying ailment or just age might have caught up to him.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Am I the only one surprised by Nishikigi's latest surge ? It is rather common to see a veteran bounce back after a couple of basho in Juryo like Myogiryu did a few years ago, or maybe return after an extended stay in the lower ranks when a visible injury is the main culprit, but Nishikigi spent 9 consecutive basho in Juryo, dropping as low as J13 - and had a make-koshi there - before getting back to a single digit Maegashira rank. Kind of surprising. He's become the Matt Carpenter of Sumo.
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    Retirements after Natsu 2022

    Sad to see Zendaisho go. He was the first rikishi I saw in person on the subway, just two stations away from the Kokugikan. He was going nowhere already (2011), but it was nice to watch him. Aged 22, Gokushindo had a rather early debut in the paid ranks, but he came off as a very one dimensional rikishi. I think he's had his share of off dohyo problems too. Add some injuries and there you are. Irodori's first full basho as a rikishi was also my first as a fan. He reached makushita a couple of months shy of his 19th birthday. His size wasn't optimal, but wasn't a big hindrance either so it looked good for him, but... Following his career was rather painful from far away, I wonder how it felt for him. I hope he is more successful in his future endeavors.
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    The Banzuke committee must really love Kagayaki. It is not first time they are soft on him, so I wouldn't expect a M17 with 7 wins to be treated like that every time.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    I had never checked Kotochitose's career before, but with 5 Makuuchi and 32 Juryo basho under his belt, including two Yusho in the latter division, he is much better than I expected him to be. I wonder if they are ever going to fill these spots. One of them has been free for quite a while now with no lack of good candidates, like retired Sagatsukasa and about to turn 45 Yoshiazuma, but nothing has happened. In Japan I always had a feeling that there were more "helpers" than needed, like an old man guiding people to an obvious detour at a construction site, or an young lady kind of watching people getting into the elevator inside a fancy department store. Maybe sumo is like this and they realised they don't need a new wakaimonogashira now, if at all.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    I don't know any specifics about Nankairiki, but I have seen many rikishi start losing weight way before their intai, for health reasons or just because they know they don't need that much weight anymore.
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    Sandanme 100 tsukedashi ? Not anymore..

    First I thought it was a joke, but I've found a source here. 大相撲規則変更 二所ノ関部屋に入門の嘉陽快宗は三段目100枚目格→90枚目格で夏場所初土俵 - 大相撲 : 日刊スポーツ (
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    His 6 year long absence must be some sort of record. Maybe his heya had forgotten he even existed, but someone found a plate with his name on it and decided to hand in his intai papers.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    Wikipedia has a Japanese article about Sakigake. As with most wikipedia things, we can't know if the sources are reliable (and neither is the translater, me) , but here are a few bits. His family runs a road building company. He is the youngest of 4 siblings. His first plan was to become a doctor and he practiced basketball and soccer, but had no sumo background prior to his coming to Japan. His father and Kyokushuzan had a common acquaintance who helped him get a trial in Japan. He caught the attention of then Hanaregoma (late Ozeki Kaiketsu) and ended up joining his stable. His first shikona was Wakatora, but he changed it to Sakigake after stagnating in Sandanme. By 2011, then aged 25, he finally established himself in makushita, eventually reaching Juryo in early 2014. He amassed 6 basho as sekitori, with 35-55 record there. To be honest, at some point I expected more from him; at least a couple of kachikoshi in Juryo. But he was mostly outpaced there. I wish him the best of luck, after a lenghty 19 year career that probably didn't bear the fruits he was expecting.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Maybe I should rephrase it into "After a long while". At any rate the idea is that 7 ( or 8, it depends on how you count it) basho without a Makuuchi kachi-koshi is not a good thing, and good results notwithstanding, I still don't see the same sumo content he once displayed.